Te Whanau a Edmund Rice Edmund Rice Network Values

“People with heart, people with passion, people with people”

Participants in the Edmund Rice Network of Aotearoa-New Zealand strive to live the following values in everyday life and engagement:

Hospitable Communities:

  • Being welcoming, open and responsive.
  • Fostering a sense of belonging and acceptance
  • Appreciating diversity by being inclusive
  • Working together, moving forward, and growing in love
  • Dealing with problems when they arise

Compassionate Heart:

  • Being a quality of presence that leaves people feeling valued
  • Being available for others
  • Standing alongside and journeying with others in solidarity
  • Demonstrating a great capacity to love and a willingness to forgive hurts
  • Working to liberate others from oppression and injustice


  • Getting together, sharing everyday experiences, and making meaning.
  • Learning from others
  • Keeping the Edmund Rice story and the justice-seeking tradition alive
  • Standing back to embrace and celebrate heart changing moments
  • Engaging in reflective processes that foster hope

Right Relationship:

  • Courageous risk-taking to restore right order
  • Cultivating energy and generosity for good
  • Keeping an eye on the task and the bigger picture in sight
  • Inventing new ways to meet current challenges

Committed Involvement/Service for Justice:

  • Strengthening connections to open up pathways for others
  • Building a more just and civil society
  • Finding freedom in reaching out to people
  • Enjoying simplicity and having fun
  • Working together we can achieve more